Kicking off fest season with us at In Bloom Music Fest in the heart of Houston, TX? With so much to see, hear, and taste, here are the important logistics and tips to keep you in the know, and to make the most of your In Bloom experience.

BOX OFFICE + TICKETING 101

You can pick up your wristbands starting on Thursday, March 22nd at our Pre-Festival Box Office. Check out the hours and locations below. Please bring a valid photo ID in order to pick up your wristbands.

Pre-Festival Box Office Hours & Location

Festival Box Office Hours & Location

Haven’t purchased your tickets yet? 3-Day and 1-Day GA and VIP are on sale now!

ACTIVATE YOUR WRISTBAND + CASHLESS

Wristband activation ensures a smooth process when entering the festival each day and allows you to add emergency contact info to your wristband. All you need to do is enter your wristband ID number and contact info to activate!

You’ll also have the opportunity to register for Cashless – it’s the easy way for you to pay for food, drinks, merch and more with your wristband during the festival.

BAG SEARCH + ENTERING THE FEST

Want to get into In Bloom as quickly as possible? Leave your bag at home! If you DO NOT have a bag, please enter through the No Bag Express Lane. If you DO have a bag, please enter through the Bag Lane and expect delays as bags are open for inspection. ALL bags will be searched before entry. For your safety, bags will be restricted to small purses and draw string bags and may not exceed 14″ x 11″ x 5″ (35cm x 28cm x 12cm). Backpacks and bags with multiple pockets are prohibited. Camelback’s are allowed, but must be empty and have only one additional pocket. Please check the list of prohibited items in advance, listen for the audio announcements and dispose of any item that is not allowed inside the festival.

Do not leave your items unattended. Lockers are available for rent to store personal items. Each locker comes with a universal cell phone charging pack to help keep your devices charged and readily available. Cell phone charging packs are also available for purchase at the Locker tent west of the Ostara Stage.

Please have your wristbands securely fastened on your right wrist and visible to security as you enter the festival grounds.

PARTY RESPONSIBLY

Your safety is our top priority. Here are some helpful tips on how to prepare for the fest:

  • Have Emergency Contact info on your person and your phone lock screen in case emergency personnel need to know (PRO-TIP: Make sure to register your wristband where you will be asked to fill out an Emergency Contact).
  • Remember to stay hydrated by visiting our Academy Hydration Huts for free filtered water, cooling down in our cooling buses on Allen Pkwy, and eating regularly at the Houston Eats Food Court.
  • Protect yourself from the sun – take breaks and find shade. Sunscreen lotion, hats, and sunglasses are key.
  • Bring hearing protection – we get loud, so ear plugs are a good idea. Forget yours? Stop by the Info tent to ask for a pair.
  • Keep yourself and your belongings safe – be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on your personal items at all times. Need a locker? Reserve one in advance here. If you find something OR lose something, head to the information booth for our Lost & Found. The information booth is located next to the East entrance where you can also use our Tag-a-Kid service and register your kids with the festival. Keep your cell phone and wallet close – the Houston Police Department will be on the lookout for cell phone theft.
  • Bring a list of allergies and medications you take in case of medical emergency.
  • Dress for the weather – we’re constantly monitoring the weather. Keep an eye on the radar before heading to Eleanor Tinsley Park so you can dress accordingly (rain boots, ponchos, etc).

DOWNLOAD THE MOBILE APP

From creating your custom schedule to mapping out where your fave local restaurant is in Eleanor Tinsley Park – download The Official In Bloom Music Festival Mobile App for iPhone and Android and you’ll have everything you need to know right in the palm of your hand.

PRO-TIP: Be sure to opt-in for push notifications to stay in the know about what’s going on around the festival. You’ll be the first to know about things like schedule changes, important updates, and fun giveaways.

GETTING TO THE FESTIVAL

There are plenty of ways to get to In Bloom! From the Lyft to public transportation, keep reading for ways to get to the fest.

LYFT PICK-UP ZONE

Catching a Lyft home? To request your Lyft, exit through the Main Entrance, and follow the signs to the Lyft Pickup Area located at Lamar St. and Brazos St. Use promo code INBLOOM2018 for $10 off your ride!

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

We encourage fest-goers to use public transit! METRO offers several types of bus services in Houston. Local services run mostly on city streets, stopping at every corner along its route. The closet stop to Eleanor Tinsley Park is on Memorial Dr. at Sawyer St.

Park & Ride service is for long-distance commuting. METRO’s 28 Park & Ride lots provide bus service to key destinations in the service area.

Click here for additional route information and start planning out your trip today!

PICK UP/DROP OFF AREA

The Passenger Drop-Off and Pickup Lot is at the corner of Lamar Street and Brazos Street.

BIKING

Go green and ride your bike to the show! Ample bike parking can be found right outside the main entrance on the corner of Bagby St. and Dallas St. Remember to roll with your lock to keep it secure while you’re at the show.

THE FESTIVAL MAP

Once you’ve downloaded the mobile app, take a look at the Official In Bloom Map to get to know the festival grounds. Find out which stages are where and map out other hotspots like the Academy Hydration Stations for free water, the Houston Eats Food Court, and more.

HOUSTON EATS FOOD COURT

In the mood for some good eats? Have no fear – Houston Eats at In Bloom Music Fest has some of the best grub around!

From local faves to regional cuisine, our diverse food lineup will satisfy all of your festival cravings, with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Chicken & Waffles? Check. Baos? Check. Ice Cream Sandwiches? Check. What more could you ask for?

AROUND THE PARK

In Bloom Music Fest is more than just a killer lineup and delicious food…when you need a break, there’s plenty to do in between sets. Each year we partner with awesome brands to bring you free swag, access, and exclusive giveaways on-site. Check out what’s going on around the park!

HOUSTON CARES

It is our goal to include non-profits at In Bloom that add depth and richness to the overall festival experience and inform and educate patrons beyond music. We choose organizations that are focused on raising awareness for a variety of causes, including art, the environment, and those committed to improving the quality of life for their community and future generations.

In Bloom is also committed to sustainable festival practices in the field, behind the scenes and through the preservation Eleanor Tinsley Park. We invite attendees to join our sustainability efforts by participating in the Rock and Recycle Program, where fans are rewarded for filling one bag of recyclables from the festival grounds with a commemorative In Bloom Festival t-shirt and a chance to win a bike and two GA tickets to In Bloom Music Fest 2019!

OFFICIAL MERCHANDISE

Be sure to stop by the Festival Store and take a piece of the weekend with you! Snag one of our limited-edition lineup tees, hats, hoodies, enamel pins and more. Don’t miss the 2018 Commemorative Poster with complete lineup designed by XRAY. These prints are silkscreened in a limited run of 150 posters – once they are sold out, they are gone for good! Official festival merchandise is only available inside the festival. Stop by early for the best selection!

KEEP UP WITH US ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, for the latest information and updates on the festival. Remember to hashtag all of your photos #InBloomFest, and we’ll see you in Eleanor Tinsley Park!

This article was posted on March 7, 2018